Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska's Bristol Bay is the result of a comprehensive effort to highlight the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The perspectives of commercial, recreational, and subsistence users who rely on the resources of the Bristol Bay region for their livelihood are examined; as well as the science of the area and the various factors that contribute to the vitality of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. It also explores the history of mineral development in the region and the grassroots activism that has sprung up to fight the development of the Pebble Mine. Purchase your copy of Where Water is Gold today!

The project photographer, Carl Johnson, is a freelance nature photographer who resides in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife Michelle. Carl has served as the Artist-in-Residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Badlands National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. He was a 2010 recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship. In 2010, he was named the “Environmental Issues” category winner for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards sponsored by Nature’s Best Photography. His winning piece, “Wolf Tracks on Ice,” highlights the challenges of aggressive wolf predator control programs and was on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 2011. Carl has also published several articles ranging on subjects from photography to tribal sovereignty.

To read why partners in this project support it, follow the Letters of Support. For a more detailed description of Carl’s photographic career, read the Artist Resumé.